Karim Benzema Dumps Chelsea Out Of Champions League
European champions Chelsea had their hopes of retaining the Champions League shot down by Real Madrid and their hero, Karim Benzema, who scored an extra-time winner in their epic quarter-final second leg.
Carlo Ancelotti ‘s side didn’t get the better of Thomas Tuchel and co on the night, but came out in the five-goal thriller, which will be remembered as an instant classic, as victors on aggregate at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Mason Mount got the Blues, trailing 3-1 after a first-leg hammering, off to a brilliant start after only 15 minutes, before Antonio Rudiger levelled the tie shortly after half-time.
Marcos Alonso thought he’d completed the come back but his emphatic strike was ruled out by VAR, only for Timo Werner to give holders Chelsea the lead for good. But Los Blancos responded quickly and broke Stamford Bridge hearts, with a magnificent Luka Modric assist allowing Rodrygo to equalise and take a thrilling second leg to extra-time. Six minutes in and talisman Benzema came up trumps, heading past Edouard Mendy to send his side through to the semi-finals.
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Awww, bad market for chelsea
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